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Tomorrow: BayFest 2012 Planning Meeting

A scene from last year's BayFest. Photo by Erica Sherman

With BayFest 2012 — Sheepshead Bay’s preeminent waterfront festival — a mere four months away (slated for May 20), the Bay Improvement Group (BIG), which organizes the event, will be holding its next BayFest planning meeting at 8:00 p.m., January 10 in the meeting room of the Comfort Inn, 3218 Emmons Avenue at Brigham Street.

Last year’s BayFest boasted dozens of performances on multiple stages stretching 10 piers and eight blocks along Emmons Avenue, so bring a friend and get involved with the Bay’s premier maritime arts and musical event, which features fun and educational activities for all ages.

To learn more, go to, or call (718) 646-9206. You can now also visit BIG on their YouTube channel, as well as BayFest, “like” them on Facebook, and tweet at them on The Twitter.

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  1. How about getting to a meeting so that question can be answered. Maybe you have solutions to the licensing and costly sanitation permits. It’s not just that easy…saying it does not get it done. As it has been expressed B.I.G. is asking for volunteers. 

  2. Yah i agree. U need to get food vendors. I have attened bayfest for the past 2 yrs and it has been crappy

  3. The question was answered last year.  They are dead set against food vendors.  It won’t succeed without them.  That’s one of the reasons the Brighton Beach Jubilee is so successful.  There are plenty of food vendors.

  4. Go try to persuade them, you might see some would like to see food vendors also. Talk of a section with trucks did come up. Filing and permits are not free. Responsibility of trash and insurance is also an issue. My friend owns V-spot and he would love to send a vegan truck. Heck I’d like to see the hot dog cart from by Doody’s.  
    I think if the restaurants in the bay put out some of their fares that would be great for the immediate area. I do know the restaurants I have been in on the day of the event do very good business. That is kinda what they are promoting.

  5. Food vendors would contribute to the success of Bay Fest. Yet I’d like to see more unique vendors not the usual types that show up for street fairs all over the city. The local restaurants themselves could set up tents and tables with food offerings. I’d enjoy that very much. I’d appreciate some of the ethnic food places such as the Russian or Middle Eastern restaurants coming out. It would give me some idea what some of that food is for one thing.


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